Legislative Committee Report - Don Selzer
The ACS continues to offer a Lobby Grant Program that is now available throughout the year rather than the former more limited application process. Timing of the Indiana legislative session and COVID surges did not seem to demonstrate an appropriate opportunity to take part of this offering in each of the last three years. However, Drs. Selzer & Welsh did participate in the ISMA leadership and Commission on Legislation session on February 8th. The major focus for this effort was the “truth in advertising” campaign, an increase in cigarette and e-cigarette taxes, and a prior authorization “gold card” policy. Although the “truth in advertising” was successful, the tax hikes and the prior authorization bill were not. It is possible that given the potential decline of COVID cases in late 2022 and/or early 2023 that an advocacy event would make sense close to the election this year or during the session next year.